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Q: File exists but not in directory

I keep getting this error when I try to close my Picturetrail Editor.

How can I put the file back in the directory so I don't get this message again? Thanks!

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No psychic's here. What error?? Machine Specs and the version of Vista your running would also be helpful.

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Help! I've got weird problems in XP Pro. A while ago, I created some folder shortcuts on my desktop. The one in question goes to:

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\Music Stuff\Samples Folder

When I double click on the shortcut, the folder "Sample Folder" directly opens my files and everything is there, fine and dandy.

But for some reason, all of a sudden when I try to access it from root, by going folder to folder, I get to:

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\

and then it dead-ends. No \Documents\etc. The same thing happens when I go into the application to try and get to that folder from within the app. I get to \All Users and then I see all the other folders but \Documents. Files that have previously been saved with samples from the rest of the path (\Documents\Music Stuff\Samples Folder\whatever folder) all load properly but I can't get to that folder from either in or out of an app without using the shortcut. Has my Documents folder just turned invisible all of a sudden or something? I have the Folder options on the computer set up to show all hidden folders so that shouldn't be it. It's driving me nuts!

A:Folder missing in directory but exists as shortcut

Is it a Hidden Folder?

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I simply need to transfer a file to the roaming directory. This can and has already been done successfully.

What is confusing me is it can only be done when the exact directory is "searched" for and its location revealed in windows. If I attempt to manually navigate to the username/AppData/Roaming dir, its just not there. To clarify Roaming dir isnt there, despite being able to freely transfer files between it.

This is mostly just annoying because Im still able to work around the issue by simply remembering to search its location instead of just clicking my way there as I usually do.

If it helps, there is a users/default/AppData, then a users/defaultAppPool within both which is another Appdata with a Roaming directory but nothing of use. But under users/username/AppData there is no Roaming even though I can search and transfer files between it.

hope I explained this right. Thanks

A:AppData/Roaming directory exists but cant be found (it is not hidden)

Welcome to the forum,

Yeah, that is normally a hidden folder, unhiding using the method below,

Hidden Files and Folders - Show or Hide

Will let you manually navigate to it.

I like this little context menu item,

Show - Hide Hidden Files - Add to Context Menu

Makes it easier.

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Running XP SP3 Professional
Dell E1705

Periodically I get this message when I try to close MS Outlook: "The file Normal already exists. Do you want to replace the existing file?"
Then when I try to close it, Word opens, and it goes through a series of other steps I have to do to close Word. Otherwise, Word and
Outlook function properly.

The problem will start happening consistently for awhile, then go away. It has been happening for a couple of years at least. I have had
maybe three malware attacks during that time that I have successfully remedied using the help from this site. The most recent was a
Trojan or file that was named "Win32/Winwebsec". And, after following the procedures on this site I was able to clear that and have had
no other problems. Then a few days ago I started noticing this issue again.

Any help will be appreciated.

A:The file Normal already exists. Do you want to replace the existing file?

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/word-hel...A001151452.aspxI would probably assume that Office/Word is corrupt...and uninstall/reinstall Office/Word.Louis

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I'm having a really strange problem and am wondering if anyone has encountered this. I tried to save a file and got an error on saving it, so I quit the program. The file appears as if it was never saved and doesn't show up in directory listing (GUI or cmd.exe).

However, if I try to rename any other file to that filename, it says "Cannot rename file, because file exists" and appends a number to the end. I cannot remove the number. This happens both in the GUI and cmd.exe as well.

So, basically cmd.exe del says the file does not exist, but ren says a duplicate file name exists....

Tried restarting as well.

I have no idea how to delete that "ghost" of a file so I can actually use the filename. I checked folder options and it's not a hidden file or anything like that - it just (doesn't) exist, but it does?

A:Cannot Rename File Because File (Doesn't) Exists

open disk management ..if you don't know how to find it, just right click on "computer" from the start menu and select manage, then scroll down to disk management to open it.
right click on the partition where you tried to save the file.. or C:\ if you don't have extra partitions or more than one HDD
select properties and click on the "tools" tab
click "check now" under error checking, and on the next pop up, check 'automatically fix file system errors' and press start.. select yes when asked if you would like to schedule for the next restart, then restart your computer and let the disk check run.
If that doesn't work there are other options

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Hello everyone,

So here goes the story. I had a couple of school files I needed to put into a CD-R. I inserted the CD-R into the drive and attempted to burn these files onto the CD.

I didn't know that the CD-R already had files on it. The School files were finished burning but when I opened up the CD I could only see the previous files that were on there.

The previous files that were on the CD before the school files were just random video clips, all in the avi. format. Now half of the files on the CD are still fine, they play normally on Windows Media Player. The other half of the files didn't seem to work.

I believed it was a common CD recovery issue so I attempted to recover the lost files, little did I know the files weren't even real avi. files. Here is the part that confuses me. The files that are not playable that come out to say "File Format not supported" do take up space. Some take up 1.6 mb, some take up 700 kb. It confuses me because the files take up space and claim to files yet they do not play.

When I tried using programs to fix the files it said the files were not even true avi. files. They still take up space though. As I looked farther into this problem I came to realize that the hex of the corrupted files seem to be quite different then the actual files that do work.
The good ones had "RIFF LIST or something like that" but the bad ones just had aslasga5s4f6asf15a1f... you know what I mean.

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Hi, hope someone can help! I scanned a load of photos onto my friends computer (mac) and saved them on my memory stick, now i can't open them on my own computer (not a mac) keep getting a message saying "file exists but may be damaged" any ideas?????

A:File Exists But May Be Damaged


What OS are you using? If it is windows, go to control panel, select folder options and tell it to diplay extentions for file types.

What format are the pictures you are trying to view?

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I have a exe file in the Folder call FChart 4.0.1. I would like to write the batch script to check if FChart.exe exists in the FChart 4.0.1 folder then copy it to specified folder. NOTE: the issue is that I would like to have it generic therefore I want to avoid 4.0.1 and only look for FChart folder and then file inside. I've written script but it doesnt work and its not generating any error as well

IF EXIST "VMFChart *\VMFChart.exe" XCOPY "VMFChart *\*" "%vmpath%" /E /F /G /H

Thanks in Advance

A:IF Exists in Batch File

Is the file name FChart.exe or VMFChart.exe? The text says FChart.exe, the command says VMFChart.exe. Same with the folder name.

Easiest way is to try to switch to the FChart* folder. If that succeeds, you then check for the file and copy it.
If FChart 4.0.1 is a folder under the Program Files folder, this should work:

@Echo Off
PushD %ProgramFiles%
PushD FChart* 2>Nul
If Errorlevel 1 Goto _NotFound
If Exist FChart.exe XCOPY "FChart.exe" "%vmpath%" /E /F /G /H
Goto _Copied
Echo FChartXXX folder not found in %CD%
Goto :EOF
Echo FChart.exe copied to %vmpath%
Note that if you have different versions (FChart 4.0.1 and FChart 4.0.2), it will switch to the the first one as listed in a Dir command that is sorted by name. Names with numbers aren't always listed in the same order as in Windows Explorer.



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I have a problem opening picture files. I had my computer cleaned up and they put everything into a back up file. Since this occurred I cannot open my previous picture files. It reads File exists but may be damaged. Can you help me figure this out, since the Computer store can't help. I am not sure if I also have to change the file format as the computor can't read the format. I have some exremely important pictures on there and I hope I have not lost them for good.

A:File exists but may be damaged?

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I have these pictures on my computer that I just cannot open. I am not exactly sure why they would be damaged. The only thing I can remember doing is copying these files to a CD. I cannot locate the CD to get better copies or anything. Is there a way to restore them??


A:File Exists but may be damaged

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I was given a new computer, I'm a novice!
When I put it on all I get after the Windows 98 screen is Windows Registry or System INI file - device file - no longer exists - then - uninstalling the associated application using its uninstall or setup program

Can anyone help?

A:device file no longer exists

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I was transferring videos from a memory stick pro duo when I touched the card as it was attached to my card reader. It disconnected from the computer. I reconnected it and was asked if I wanted to recover the files and it worked however the files ended up as .chk files. So I do no know how to recover those files. I would like to know how to recover those files. I also would like to know how to be able to open the MP_ROOT file. This file was damaged during the process of the loss of the files. It no longer looks like the folder it looked like before.

A:MP_ROOT file exists but cannot be opened

Try RecuCHKFiles utility from http://www.decasitodo.com/Progafi/programas/default.asp?f=4

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I have this below .vbs script code that I use to delete two files from an FTP site. Sometimes one or both of the below files (LTRDOWN01 and CABCALLS.txt) doesn't exist, so that when the vbs code is executed an error occurs. How can I modify the code so that each Remove statement is executed *only* if the file exists?
thanks in advance,

' VBS Script Generated by CuteFTP (TM) macro recorder.
' Generated, then edited: 02/07/07 by dgr.

' Create TEConnection object
Set MySite = CreateObject("CuteFTPPro.TEConnection")

' Initialize remote server host name, protocol, port, etc.
MySite.Host = ""
MySite.Protocol = "FTP"
MySite.Port = 21
MySite.Retries = 34
MySite.Delay = 7
MySite.MaxConnections = 4
MySite.TransferType = "ASCII"
MySite.DataChannel = "DEFAULT"
MySite.AutoRename = "OFF"
' WARNING!!! SENSITIVE DATA: user name and password.
MySite.Login = "****"
MySite.Password = "***"
MySite.SocksInfo = ""
MySite.ProxyInfo = ""
' Connect to remote server
MySite.RemoteRemove "/u/sting/tapefiles/LTRDOWN01"
MySite.RemoteRemove "/u/sting/tapefiles/CABCALLS.txt"

A:.vbs script: FTP attempt to delete a file *only* if it already exists

Do you always want to "try" and delete these files even if they don't exist?
you could do this -

On error resume next
MySite.RemoteRemove "/u/sting/tapefiles/LTRDOWN01"
MySite.RemoteRemove "/u/sting/tapefiles/CABCALLS.txt"
On Error Goto 0

THe on error resume next disables the script stopping then the on error goto 0 makes it so it no longer will bypass stopping on an error.

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Hi guys,

I can't active my PC. For some reason when I run SLUI.exe (with the 3 parameter as well) it give the Cannot Create File error. I have looked around the internet and found topics saying to run chkdsk as well as sfc /scannow. But it doesn't work. For this reason, I cannot active my Windows and I think due to this I can't use the accounts created in this PC. (Only the administrator works 100%)

What should I do to fix this? A clean install is not an option because all my Sata ports (Other than the one that I am using for HDD) are dead and I have no proper DVD ROM. Is there a way to do this without the physical repair disk or should I get an ISO and just run that?

A:SLUI.exe - Cannot Create a file that already exists (800700B7)

What command did you run?
What accounts can't you use...post errors

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I have a DOS batch file that moves files from one directory and sorts them into separate folders alphabetically. The problem is existing files get replaced. I know I can add the -y switch to be prompted but there's too many prompts. Does anyone know how I can skip if file exists automatically? I don't see that option anywhere in dos move command. Was wondering if I can use the "IF" variable somehow. Like IF exists skip or no replace etc. Can't find answer anywhere on web. TIA any help. Here is an excerpt from my batch file:

move a*.* D:\!TLF\a
move b*.* D:\!TLF\b
move c*.* D:\!TLF\c
move d*.* D:\!TLF\d
move e*.* D:\!TLF\e
move f*.* D:\!TLF\f
move g*.* D:\!TLF\g

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HiHoping someone can give me some guidance. I have had problems with Vista Home Premium SP1 crashing regularly - at least 3 times per day. Yesterday I decided to install SP2 - what a mistake. After taking hours it got stuck at Stage 3 - 75%. After following some instructions from other posts I managed to get it to starting reversing the changes - this however after hours and hours would never complete. Anyway I am now using the Windows disc system restore and this will not restore because of the following error:"Cannot create a file that already exists (0x800700B7)" I have been gradually moving to earlier restore points with no luck.Is there anyway to delete this file? or other steps I can take.Of course i'm worried that I will lose all my data - system has told me it needs to reinstall. I bought the external HDD yesterday arvo with the intention of backing first and then doing a reinstall haven't been able to do the back up as I cannot access the files - is there a way to do this?I can do basic things on my pc but when it comes to command prompts etc I need help so please be patient with me.ThanksCathy

A:System Restore won't complete - file already exists

Well the gods must have smiled upon me because after numerous reboots last night I was able to get into Windows and do a complete back up.

Sad news is pc now will not get past first screen of start up and F8 does nothing.

What next?


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I've encountered a bit of a hassle. I tend to save a lot of pictures, and it's getting to the point where everytime I find a new picture to save, I already have another picture with the same name. Then, of course, I need to rename or replace it. This is getting annoying because half the time I rename it, only to find out that the new name is also taken.

Is there a way to make it so windows automatically adds a number or something to the file name, so I don't have to go through the trouble of finding an available name?

A:Auto add numeric prefix/suffix to file name if same name already exists?

Come on, I can't believe that there seems to be no info on this. I have been searching everywhere for a good chunk of the day. (yeah, no life)

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I am running vista home. I keep getting a windows error message "the file exists". when I open quickbooks 2009 premier. Can't get rid of it. Any help

A:Quickbook pro 2009, windows error, file exists

hbh said:

I am running vista home. I keep getting a windows error message "the file exists". when I open quickbooks 2009 premier. Can't get rid of it. Any helpClick to expand...

if you have already tried to uninstall it from the control panel

You can try Killbox

Its free; http://www.scanwith.com/download/Pocket_KillBox.htm

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Hello.. I use search and fast-search (in the start menu) to fast-execute programs that I don't need to add shortcuts for...
but strangely some programs that I have installed and exist and working don't show up in the results.............

A:Windows search malfunctioning (can't find file that exists)

How long ago did you install the program? It takes windows a little while to add things to the index. Also not everything is indexing by default, however I recommend indexing your entire disk! It takes a while to do but makes search SOOO much more powerful.

click start
tick the disk you wish to index
wait a while

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I am trying to automate a way to remove a pinned item from the start menu when the source file no longer exists.
I have found heaps of information about .lnk files or using the file verbs but as pinned icons don't work the same as simply deleting a .lnk file and the file verbs wont work as the source file no longer exists I am stuck for ideas.

Zac Avramides

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My husband downloaded what he thought was good software from an unknown website the other day and started to get virus alerts from our ZoneAlarm firewall.  We immediately did a Malwarebytes Malware quick and full scan but it didn't find anything which surprised me.  We decided to turn off the computer while we ate dinner and then look into it more with another malware/virus scan afterwards.  After the computer was restarted, we could no longer access the Internet if the ZoneAlarm firewall and antivirus was turned on.  The network troubleshooter kept pointing to a router/gateway problem but another computer had no problems accessing the internet wireless similar to the infected computer.  The infected computer also started getting security action center message that Windows Security Center service could not turn on.  To rule out the possibility that the Zonealarm firewall was corrupted, we uninstalled the firewall making sure it was cleanly gone and re-installed it.  We still had the internet access issue problem whether we were accessing it via the wireless or Ethernet connection.  A few seconds after we would stop the ZoneAlarm firewall the network connections would start having internet connection access.  We decided to get a new free firewall and antivirus software to we could continue to resolve the issue but have security protection.  We installed Comodo Internet Security and have no problems access the internet.
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A:Firewalls Corrupted and Unknown Virus Exists After Downloading a File

Hi Wanda, Welocme to the forum. Please download Farbar Recovery Scan Tool and save it to your desktop.Note: You need to run the version compatibale with your system. If you are not sure which version applies to your system download both of them and try to run them. Only one of them will run on your system, that will be the right version.Double-click to run it. When the tool opens click Yes to disclaimer.Press Scan button.It will make a log (FRST.txt) in the same directory the tool is run. Please copy and paste it to your reply.The first time the tool is run, it makes also another log (Addition.txt). Please attach it to your reply. 

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we have a Lotus Notes database where we embed Excel files into a Lotus Notes Document.

Some of our users are reporting an issue where they get the message :
"Object request has not completed because the file already exists" and the users cannot open the file.

This only occures if the user tries to open the Excel sheets from his Local Lous Notes replica. When the user works from the server the file can be openend without any problems.

Does anybody know what this could be?


Atomic Wedgie

A:Lotus Notes: Object request has not completed because the file already exists

Hiya and welcome

I've moved this to Business Applications for more response

Are you still having this problem? If so, which version of Lotus Notes are you using? If you're not sure, open Lotus Notes, and click on Help | About.

Also, which version of Excel file are you embedding?

I've found this, if its outlining what you see:

Object Request Errors Occur When Opening OLE Object


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Norton detected a Trojan threat earlier, I followed the guidelines from the "this topic" link and then generated a HJT log. I also notice with Security Task Manager, certain processes appear and disappear periodically, i.e., lsass.exe, smss.exe, crsrr.exe and lots of other *.exe files. In "services", the start-up type of RCP is greyed-out that I don't have a choice to disable the service at start-up.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 5:07:06 PM, on 05/03/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.5296.0000)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\EvtEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\S24EvMon.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\WLKeeper.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe... Read more

A:Download.trojan Threat - Cannot Delete B779v12[1].dll Because File No Longer Exists

Hello whyMeNow? and welcome to the BC HijackThis forum. I do not see any signs of viruses or malware in the log. It is clean.A couple of comments:- if the file b779v12[1].dll does not exist why would it need to be deleted?- I do not believe that you can stop the RCP service with CheckPoint VPN client installed. CheckPoint would be able to verify that.- I do not know how STM reports the services running. Seeing a service come and go might just be the way STM handles the services. Try taking a look at the standard windows Task Manager and see if the services come and go along with what STM is showing. If not, then that's simply how STM is reporting the information.Additional information for non- operating system software can be obtained in the All other Applications forum. Someone theremight be able to better answer those questions.Cheers.OT

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Hello everyone,

Firstly I would like to say that this seems like a swell enough forum as is and I am frankly out of ideas. About a year ago I had backed up a rather large series of files under one name for my roommate who was in the process of doing some "spring cleaning" on his computer. Fast forward to now and he is out of Hard-drive space damn near and has been unable to find the reserve file himself. Below is the directory under which I named and saved the around 200gb file of games and old-ROTC documents. Regardless the file needs to be found and even after un-hiding all files from the control panel, I have yet been able to locate it. It would seem to be simple enough, one would think that you could see the file name sitting above Program Files but it is not. Any one have any ideas, we would rather not have to reformat/ system restore if we can avoid it.


A:File path error/ Cannot find file directory/file itself

I used a software called TreeSize which shows the size of all folders on the disk. Thinking that the Windows OS is around 18gb, a 200gb files should really stick out with TreeSize.

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Quite often I receive a PDF file by email (e.g. a monthly bill) that I want to save with similar PDF files (e.g. former bills of the same company) in the same folder.

To avoid to write the complete file name, in the "save as..." menu I click on a former file with similar name (e.g. phone_bill_2013_January), then adapt the name (e.g. phone_bill_2013_February).

When I click "save", windows vista says "files already exists" although I modified the name.

I saw on www.vistax64.com that this problem was already discussed:

and it seems that this bug was already fixed.

How can I fix it on my computer?

Thank you very much for help.

A:Get "file already exists" on trying to save a new file (after rename)

Hello Abramo, and welcome to Vista Forums.

The issue is that it uses the original name when comparing files in the save to location. It doesn't actually get renamed until it's saved.

You should be able to use the "Copy, but keep both" option like below for this work. Worse case, you'll have to rename it again if it does keep the new name after being copied.

Hope this helps,

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I'm in the process of repair/recovery of my machine (Dell Inspiron 8500 with Windows XP Home, Service Pack 2). I'm following exactly the instructions in: http://attachments.techguy.org/attac...chmentid=62075, but a problem has developed. The "software" file (which is the file that the original blue screen error message says is "corrupt, absent or not writable") will not copy to the new tmp directory to create the backup. My understanding from the article is that this backup file (software.bak) will later be used to restore correct settings for various software applications. Since I can't copy it, it appears that I am screwed, no? Or is there a way out somehow?

Thanks to anyone who's been there and can help...

BTW I have the XP installation disk that came with, and a diagnostics disk which I have not yet run.


A:Blue Screen: Registry File Failure; can't copy corrupted file to tmp directory

Never mind, I had it wrong--didn't read the document referred to above carefully enough. The procedure worked like a charm, and the document is very easy to read and entertaining to boot! (pun intended).

The document describes a procedure that closely follows a Microsoft KB document (which I now can't find) but does not contain any warning regarding whether the OS is an OEM (original equipment manufacture) install or not. The Microsoft doc says not to use the procedure on an OEM-installed OS, but I just did it on my Dell, so that warning seems to be incorrect.

Many many thanks for the help provided by this document and this site.

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I'm trying to recover an entire terabyte, and I don't want a recovery software which will scrap filenames and file structures, leaving an unintelligible mess to wade through. Is there a software which will preserve file names and structures, and possibly allow me to restore only particular directories?

A:Is there a file recovery software which preserves file names and directory structure?

Hmm; Normally any backup software would do this for you.

If you had a secondary copy (say other media to which you did a copy), then this would be a snap.

It sounds as if you only have the original media and you need to recover "whatever is possible".

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I'm trying to recover an entire terabyte, and I don't want a recovery software which will scrap filenames and file structures, leaving an unintelligible mess to wade through. Is there a software which will preserve file names and structures, and possibly allow me to restore only particular directories?

A:Is there a file recovery software which preserves file names and directory structure?

have a look at this one


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I cannot copy or paste jpeg files from my computer to my SD 2GB cards. Also, I get this msg when I try to print jpeg files. Using Adobe Elements I am able to archive these files. Oddly enough I can attach and send these jpeg files via email. Prior to August '08 was able to do these tasks without a problem. I suspect that there is a software compatibility problem since this problem came on suddenly (maybe iTunes?). No problems importing jpeg files from SD cards. I've looked at several sites on the internet but none seem to have the right solution for my problem. THANKS for any help that you can provide! -Stu

A:Error copying file or folder; cannot copy img the directory or file cannot be created

This has caught me more than once.

The problem is a limitation on the number of files and folders allowed in the root folder of a FAT16 file system (as for a memory card) of 512. (Note, this number is reduced much further if longer file names than 8 characters are used, as most people will want to).

When transferring the files onto the card, new files will be rejected when you hit this limit.

So keep your files in separate folders, so they are not all in the root folder.

For files and folders in root it might be worth keeping your filenames under 8 characters in length so you can use the full 512 files on root folder.

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• I have a network directory that stores photos of individuals in jpg format. There may be only 2 pics of each person, or there may be 7 pics.
• Each persons pics are stored in a randomly named directory / subdirectory. dont have any control over the original program, it's just the way it was written, does not seem to follow any logical pattern, possibly a HEX naming structure based off the date & time, who knows (I will include a sample directory tree at the end of the post).
• Included within each of these created directories, along with the pictures, is a standard text file (filename "B.TXT") which includes the date the picture was taken, the persons name, and other information.
• Each time a person comes in and their picture is taken, the program: (i) creates the random directory (ii) stores the pics (iii) creates the "B.TXT" file with the persons information (iv) generates several other program specific files that I have no need for.
• The program names each of the pictures with the exact same names, which is why they are stored in different directories, so they will not overwrite. The retention period on each individuals directory, pics and files is approximately 40 days.

MFXX0000.jpg (Forward facing)
MLXX0000.jpg (Left facing)
MRXX0000.jpg (Right facing)
STXX0000.jpg (Identifying marks picture 1)
STXX0001.jpg (Identifying marks picture 2)

• As stated above, sometimes there is only the MFXX0000.jpg and MRXX0000.jpg files,... Read more

A:vbs or bat file copy / rename based on txt file in that directory

Wow, no takers yet ? I see there has been a few lookers, but no one - just a bump on the thread to get another look

many thanks to anyone that will give me a hand

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I want to periodically make a backup list of all files and directories on my two hard drives and save them to a text file.

I attempted to do this via this command line entry:

dir /b "C:\My Path" > myFiles.txt
And just FYI to everyone, that will not work without CMD.exe being run as an administrator.

But the problem is that the file list will only save for the files in that ONE directory. If you use "C:" in place of "C:\My Path" it just saves a list of files in the root directory only.

I want a log of the ENTIRE hard drive, and then also another hard drive, too
If there is a software that does this reliably, that would be fine, but if anyone is knowledgeable about how
to do it from the command line, then that would be great too.

Thanks for the help

A:Saving file and directory list to text file

Hi would this be of help there are 2 options to work with How to Print or Save a Directory Listing to a File

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I'm working with a piece of software with a proprietary data export generator.
The problem I ran up against is that whenever I tried to save the file to the desktop at a customer site, it generated the title message, even when there was no file of that name. I tried creating an empty file with the name seeing if it would overwrite that, but no go. I rebooted, I reinstalled the application, finally I tried writing to a different location and that worked.
In Windows (XP Pro SP3 to be specific), how does a dll determine that a file exists and needs to be overwritten? Where do I start looking to resolve this should it happen again? Support at the provider has no idea. I can't go to the programmer: the only hope is that there is something I can check in Windows itself.
Thank you.

A:"Overwrite file?" when no file exists?

"how does a dll determine that a file exists and needs to be overwritten?"

The file doesn't determine it, Windows does.
You say that no such file exists to be overwritten, but it may be a hidden file.
In which case, only by configuring Windows to "show hidden files" will you see it.

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I am trying to move a large batch of files from one folder to another on a WD "My Book" 500GB external drive and an error message keeps appearing saying the following: [Window title]: "Error moving File or Folder", [Message]: "Cannot move <filename> The directory or file cannot be created."
It seems as though I've reached a limit. Folder 1 had 29438 files in it. I tried moving all of those files into Folder 2 on the same drive (which has plenty of free space). Folder 2 accepted 22516 of those files at which point I received the error message. No further files can be added to Folder 2.

Can anyone help?


A:Cannot move file. The directory or file cannot be created...

From here:
"Windows XP it self doesn't have a limit on the number of files per folder. It depends on the file system that you are using. The max files and folders per folder are:
FAT16 - 512
FAT32 - 65,534
NTFS - 4,294,967,295

If you use long file names for the files and folders (over 8 characters for the file name and 3 for the extension) then the number of files and folders available per folder will be reduced on the FAT16 and FAT32 file systems.

If you need to put more files and folders in a single folder you'll need to convert the drive to NTFS. "

Not certain if that will help, what format is the drive?

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Hi, a couple of days ago, I switched on my PC (Acer desktop, Vista) and it would not start up windows. It suggested normal start or start up repair (automatic fix). I opted for normal start – which failed – and then start up repair, which also failed.

I think that is where I got the error - cannot create a file when that file already exists (0x80070087). I was then given various ‘advanced options’

1. start up repair - automatically fix problems that are preventing windows from starting. (which I had already tried)
2. system restore - restore windows to earlier point and time
3. windows complete pc restore -
4. windows memory diagnostic tool -
5. command prompt

I opted for number 2 and on the third attempt (going back in time) the system successfully restarted. It said my data had not been changed, only fix done on drive ‘C’. I noticed that it had also said once system restore started, can’t be undone as system in ‘limited diagnostic state’.

I used the PC for a time and then switched off.

Next morning, I turned on the PC and got the same error, Windows would not start.

I went through the same procedure as above and successfully booted the PC from an ‘earlier point’; in fact it was the point when I restarted the previous night.

Can you advise? Is the PC still in ‘limited diagnostic state’? If so, what can I do? I have left PC running for last 48 hours as unsure about result if I power off. Thanks.


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A:Windows not starting "cannot create a file that already exists"


I had problem starting Windows. Did restore to earlier point. Worked OK, powered off. Had same start-up problem again. I again restored (to different earlier point) and PC working OK. PC has been left runing since then - 48 hours.

My question is, can I now safely power off? And if not, what can I do to avoid Windows not starting again?

Full details in this thread. Many thanks as about to leave for a few days and don't really want to leave PC running.



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ok so i have had this problem for a long time now....every time i boot up my desktop it runs this disk scanner and when it complethes the whole compputer restarts...then once it gets to the welcome screen i have an error pop up that says.."the file or directory C:\$MFT is corrupt and unreadable" this pops up about 50 times along with an error that says windows is low on virtual memory..after the 5 minutes of closing out all of the errors it just sits at the welcome screen...it wont let me run the chkdsk or anything...can someone please help me??? it will be greatly appreciated

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I have a hd partition for downloads containing directories for the different p2p pgms. Now these directories have become files without extension which are impossible to open. How can I get back my directories to save the contents in order to protect it from further bugs?
Thank you in advance, my problem is quite urgent, as lots of work wait for me

A:Directory to file

Hello and Welcome to TSF

Unfortunately we cannot assist you, this forum does not support p2p file sharing programs and since your files are the result of these programs we are unable to help. Using those type of programs most likely caused your "bug"

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Is there an easy way in VB to get the date of a file?
I found this but don't understand it.
Returns the date and time that the specified file or folder was created. Read-only.


The object is always a File or Folder object.


The following code illustrates the use of the DateCreated property with a file:

Sub ShowFileInfo(filespec)
Dim fs, f, s
Set fs = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set f = fs.GetFile(filespec)
s = "Created: " & f.DateCreated
MsgBox s
End Sub
I just have a simple text file named "Inventory.txt"
Can anyone tell me what to do?


A:VB if "file" exists & it's date

What's that saying about talking to yourself AND answering?
Got that object.DateCreated working.

Now, I want to be able to get the attention of the
person at the computer. When I use MsgBox, if they
are in Excel and have the screen covered, they don't
see it. Anyone know a way to interrupt?

I've got the date thing resolved. I'll start a new thread for my "notify user" question.

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for some reason I keep getting this message, "the directory or file cannot be created", when I try to move my files around. This just started today, I have spent hours online trying to find a solution.....so now I am asking here. I don't really know what other info you need...so..I guess I will just wait and see.


A:the directory or file cannot be created

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Could anyone help me out, when accessing any application or programme from my hard drive I get the following error message "The file or directory c: is corrupt and unreadable. Please run chkdsk utility." I then click to get rid of the error message and the utility works fine. I have run chkdsk several times but it does not shift this error message. Any ideas on how to stop it, many thanks

A:the file or directory c: is corrupt

Welcome to TSG....

You might have to remove the hard drive from this computer and install it in another computer as a slave drive and after it is able to be accessed by Windows on that computer you will have to manually backup all of your important data that you have to another media like CD-R's, DVD or external hard drive. Then when this is done return it to the original computer as a master drive on the primary IDE cable. Doing this will keep the important data safe.

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One day I decided to defragment my C:\ drive and also check it for errors. I defragmented and it took a lot less time than usual. Then I went to run and typed CHKDSK and nothing happened except the cmd window popping up and then disappearing quickly. So I right clicked the drive and selected to check the disk for errors. It said I couldn't because the computer was using it. It asked me if I wanted to check it after restart and I clicked OK. It checked the disk but i didn't see what it said for the second half because I was busy. After it finished, Windows booted, I logged on, and then, in the system tray, it said "Pctstray.exe- Corrupted file. The file or directory C:\ProgramData\TEMP is corrupt and unreadable. Please run the Chkdsk utility." It also says the same thing with PctsGUI.exe instead when I open Spyware Doctor. What's wrong? Will chkdsk do anything since i just ran it? How do I fix this problem? Is it fatal? Thanks for your time.

A:Corrupt file or directory!?!?!

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Thank you in advance for your help...if you are able to
I all of a sudden have a file in my main roott (is that correct) directory (c) called HP. Obviously HP , Hewlett Packard, as in my computer I am assuming. I assume that because there are other brand names in the folder, i.e. Nvidia, Realtek...

I assume also it came with an update

I usually when in the past can google it and find out where to put it or if I can delete it. i.e. a misplaced msdll80

But with this there is nothing
Can I delete it. I believe there may be a few settings, but mostly text files. So I assume it was settings for setting up the update

Or can I move it

I am hoping one or the other...please. I like it clean

thanks for your help

A:New File Popped Up in C: Directory

Those might be driver files. I would leave those alone.

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getting error message when i try to copy and/or move files : .Error moving XXXX.XXX. the directory or file can not be created
I'm assuming that i have met the max file amount limitation and am now just cuirious at what that number is. running win xp on NTFS with the drive im copying to being FAT32 base. the paticular folder is not the directory root either, but instead a subdirectory deepinto the D:\ drive. I know for a fac tthat the path limitation of 255 characters have not been met yet either. MS KB and technet revealed nothing of use to me, (or i just didnt search right). Work arounds have been easily made by using a differnet folder, but this is not desireably. the folder currently has close to 24,000 files but i needed to add another 24,000 files to it. Any reason why this fodler limitation is made on a subfolder, or a explanation at where this number comes form (and if can be modified) would be helpful

A:the directory or file can not be created

Is this a compressed folder? The file compression algorithm is different between NTFS and FAT32 drives, so that might explain it.

Otherwise, do you have any permissions set on the folder that might be interfering? Do you already have a folder with the same name on the second drive? Try creating the second folder manually, then go back to the first folder, select all of the contents and choose copy from the edit menu. Then paste the whole lot into the second folder.

Once you have verified that the copy has been successful you can go back and delete all the old files.

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Sorry if this is in wrong forum, catalog, etc
Story, my mum-in-law has a very old computer, she wants pictures and data from it, it had Windows XP, its on a 9.1GB SCSI Ultra2 IBM hard drive, the machine doesn't boot the drive anymore (doesn't detect OS), I have taken it to work (the drive), and found
a Adaptec SCSI 19160 PCI card in our store, plugged it in and drive works fine. 
When accessing the documents and settings directory, 
There is a file called "serrida" this SHOULD be a folder, the user profile, but cannot access it. I have checked the software registry in system32/config and located the profilelist and that says user profile c:\documents and settings\serrida 
Is there a way to change the file back to the userprofile, or even access the data from inside the profile? 
I havent seen this before! 
Many thanks 

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Is there any way to save a file with the same name as an existing directory? For example, if I have a directory named "Temp", and I try to save a file and name it Temp, it doesn't save the file but rather switches to the Temp folder. I can rename a file to the same name as a directory, but there doesn't appear to be any way to save it that way. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Can anyone recommend a good (Freeware) program that will list the directories/programs and allow me to print them off in a reasonable format.

A:Directory/File lister

What is a "reasonable format"? Take a look at Karen's Directory Printer, I think it's "reasonable", but I don't know what you're idea of "reasonable" is.

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Hi all
just a quick question

What's the maximum length of a directory PLUS file name -- the reason I'm asking this is that I've some CD's (a lot BTW) ripped into directories into FLAC format.

Tidying up the music folders I sometimes get a warning -- Name too long to send to the re-cycle bin.

I need to know the max nr of characters so I can select the ripping parameters correctly. If the combined directory / file name is too long then I might have trouble backing up the data (music) too.

I usually use ALBUM name (extracted from GRACENOTE or FREEDB depending on what the ripping program is) as the directory name and a number of parameters added to the track title - including a number for the music tracks with the album name as the directory.

However I can't seem to find anything on Max file name length for NTFS.


A:Max length - Directory plus file name

The max file name length is 255 (UTF-16) for the full path the limit is 32,767 (UTF-16).

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